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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“SO GLAD we found Always Best Care!! Lynn Pique was easy to work with & ready with great referrals for things she doesn't cover. We got a call that my mom's assisted living facility was shutting down & I found myself with only a WEEK to find her a new place AND get her moved in! Some said it couldn't be done -- and if I hadn't had Lynn and the movers she referred me to, I probably wouldn't have made my deadline. I had done a great deal of exploration before I tracked down Lynn. I was VERY RELUCTANT to use a "service" to find another assisted living facility for my mom, as we'd had a HORRIBLE experience the last time with "A Place for Mom" -- they were SO BAD -- However, a friend recommended Lynn, so I called her. She, too, had had a bad experience with that Place, so she understood my hesitation. She gave me a few places and I called. I felt like she definitely knew the properties better than I did AND she NEVER pressured me about anything. She was useful, kind and patient through the entire maddening process -- SO MANY things to consider! This is not an easy business to be in & there is a LOT of competition for few rooms available -- especially when a whole facility is shutting down & everyone is looking for new apartments.”

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“Always Best Care first assisted us with my Mom while she was living in our home and they provided wonderfully caring adults who sat with my Mom when I was at work or out-of-town. Then, when she needed more consistent care, Andrew and his team helped me in the selection of Raintree Terrace which was a wonderful and successful nine years for my Mom. I recently found her diary after she passed away and she even noted about visits from Andrew, and how wonderful her friends and caregivers were and how much she loved her "home". After she needed even more help we moved her to a Nursing Facility and I hired Andrew's Team to sit with her as companions. Throughout my Mom's later years, Always Best Care has been prompt to provided wonderful caregivers and they have listened well to my needs for the care of my Mom. I can't say enought of how much that lifted so many worries and concerns from our family. Thank you Always Best Care!!!!!!!”

Mary B.
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“My Dad has had great care & the staff has been so great to help me with his home care needs! I highly recommend this company! They really work hard to meet expectations for the needs & safety of your parent in their home!”

Teresa B.
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“The girls at Always Best Care are loving and caring. They do a great job with my mom.”

Dave B.
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“I would recommend Always Best Care and have. Their caregivers are very attentive and go above and beyond what is asked.”

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“always Best Care has provided consistency and highly professional. I appreciate that my caregivers are timely.”

Doug C.
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“I appreciate that I can call the owner anytime and get what I need. My caregivers are very helpful, sweet and decent.”

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“Always Best Care has been very reliable and does what they say they will do.”

Shirley K.
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“The office staff was very nice, they called and followed up and if I had a question I got in touch with them immediately. They exceeded my expectations.”

Jason L.
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“Our caregiver is reliable, empathetic, always there for us and does what she needs to do.”

Crystal R.
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“the caregivers were very kind and considerate and very nice people. They made my dad feel comfortable.”

Darcy S.
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“I like that they are prompt and provide good people”

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“They are reliable and the person they sent us is responsible and know what he is doing. He’s always on time.”

Michelle P.
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“The quality of Care is excellent. They are professional and the do the job well.”

Jane K.
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“Our caregiver is punctual and professional and is committed to my wife’s well-being. She is a phenomenal person.”

Bob H.
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“they have been very accommodating with my schedule. I have gotten some very good helpers.”

Elizabeth T.
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“I want to thank you and Audra. If I hear of anyone looking for in-home care and assisted living referral service, I will not hesitate to recommend Always Best Care.”

Christopher G.
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“the office staff is very friendly, helpful and make sure we are cared for. I appreciate their attentiveness to my husband.”

Candace D.
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“I like their management staff. They are good to work with.”

Gaspar D.
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“I like their flexibility of their services.”

Dave L.
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“Just want to express my thanks for everything Always Best Care has done to help with my handicapped son, Grant. Clay and the team at Always Best have been nothing but phenomenal since day one.”

Andrew M.
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“I was with two other agencies and then I found Always Best Care. My wife has been able to bond with her care provider and I can still work. I’m totally comfortable leaving the house with her.”

Patrick L.
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“Andrew, Clay, Lynn and the entire team at Always Best Care take a compassionate and personal approach to caring for their clients. They are invested in the success of Knoxville’s senior health industry and consistently support area programs and businesses who serve our golden generation. I am grateful for everything they do.”

Claire J.
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“They are Great”

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“I don’t have to worry because my mother is being well taken Care of.”

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“One thing she does well is puts my wife as priority one. And it works out well.”

Jean M.
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“I could always count on them to show up and provide good care.”

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“The caregivers are very proactive in anticipating the things I need help with”

Kathleen C.
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“Always Best Care has sent good caregivers that have helped me get better”

Jean M.
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“I appreciate that my care giver is willing to help and take care of things.”

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“Them being available has been very helpful to me.”

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“They were very accommodating, quick to respond and easy to work with.”

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“The Caregivers are very neat, well-spoken and good people.”

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“Always Best Care was compassionate, personable, caring and paid attention to detail.”

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“So comforting to have the personal resource and knowledge that Always Best Care has caring people.”

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“Your service to my deceased wife and I has been outstanding for the past few years and I have nothing but praise for their work. I’m particularly want to draw attention Ms. Erin who served our needs the longest period since August of 2019. Nothing but praise for her performance.”

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“My children have peace of mind knowing Always Best Care is caring for me”

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“We love our team of care providers. We couldn’t do it without them.”

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“We thank you for your services and the good care provided by your employee Belisa. We enjoyed getting to know her and having her in our home. We wish she and Always Best Care the very best for 2020.”

Tom A.
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“Thank you again for your help! Great employees and great company!”

Marcus R.
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“After moving from Florida to TN mom had been missing her friends, Melissa comes and makes a difference in her day. She truly feels a connection with her care provider. Thank you so much!”

Doug C.
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“I love the fact that whenever I call Always Best Care will have my mother in law on the schedule the next day. We have a unique case and they are very accommodating.”

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“Tracey and Lydia have been working out real well. They both go above board in cleaning and taking care of dad. He likes their company. Deanna is his favorite and I believe most of his healing is due to her encouragement.”

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“ABC has provided care for both my father-in-law and my sister. When my mother-in-law died we needed someone to stay with my father-in-law during the day and help him get to meals and provide companionship. ABC was always very accommodating to his schedule. Since the care we needed for him was for three months, they were able to schedule consistent caregivers who became familiar with him and his schedule. I highly recommend ABC”

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“Our services with ABC are going really great! I am so pleased, I am appreciative of you the ABC team! I have peace of mind knowing ABC is engaging my with mom”

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“After wonderful care of my Aunt and my Mom, I am happy to recommend ABC care to anyone!”

Connie D.
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“We have completed our first week back home, and we never could have made it without you!! The ladies you sent to care for us are wonderful—excellent in their positions, considerate, and a delight to have in our home. They know how to cook too! We, all of us, are so grateful and cannot thank you enough.”

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“I highly recommend Always Best Care of Knoxville if you or an elderly loved one is in need of professional in-home care. The office staff and especially the caregivers go beyond what is expected of them and provide peace of mind knowing that your loved one is in the best hands when it comes to being cared for.”

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“Your care providers were more than excellent. 10 plus! Compliments to Always Best Care, I loved each and every person I met, I will use you again. Thank you for everything!”

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“Lynn was a Godsend and took great care of my mom. Deb was a huge blessing too. Your assistance has been overwhelmingly appreciated. I would recommend this company to anyone needing care.”

Paul H.
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“I must express my appreciation to you for your help along with all of the office staff and our caregivers! We are so very appreciative for the care and concern shown to my dad and his wife. Sandra has been so patient and kind with the numerous texts I have sent her in recent days. You folks have been a blessing to our family!”

Cindy P.
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“Thank You! It was comforting and reassuring knowing mom was cared for well, and safely while I was out of the country. I will be using ABC on a permanent basis.”

Mary W.
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“You all have been such a huge blessing to our dad and his situation. Many gave up, but you didn’t. He had the BEST quality care, we were praying for. The office staff were ALWAYS available and Hailey was a God send to our daddy”

Rick L.
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“My husband has been a client of this agency for almost 4 years. He suffers from dementia and other health problems. We received in home care for him for about 40-36 hours per week. We had one exceptional caregiver for most of that time. She was a most kind and helpful woman who provided companionship,cleaning and cooking. When we at times needed a substitute,they were generally also kind and helpful. If we had one who was not a good match, we reported that to the agency,and never saw that caregiver again. We continue to use this agency even though my husband is in memory care assisted living in a residence. They are able to provide good caregivers,most of them CNA's, on short notice when he requires hospitalization,so that I do not need to stay in the room with him 24/7.”

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“We are working with Always Best Care for my mother. So far it has been really good. I'm pleased with it. They mostly do domestic things. They help around the house. I would recommend them. We only have to deal with one person and she has been really good.”

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“We have completed our first week back home, and we never could have made it without you!! The ladies you sent to care for us are wonderful—excellent in their positions, considerate, and a delight to have in our home. They know how to cook too! We, all of us, are so grateful and cannot thank you enough.”

Craig
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“Andrew's company is a breath of fresh air when looking for accountable senior in-home care options. No contractors here. Only supervised employees which bring a great peace of mind. Highly recommended.”

Steven S.
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“Andrew Scruggs takes each Senior's care to heart and goes beyond the call to ensure quality and compassionate care is provided.”

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“⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ As an employee of Always Best Care for 2+ years, I am thankful for the care that they do not forget to show to me - as well as creating a team centered workplace! The difference we make in our clients' lives is clearly evident and I am proud to be part of a company that truly gives our BEST CARE- ALWAYS!”

Danielle M.
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“Love working with the company and I LOVE BEING A CAREGIVER! Great experience.”

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“Always Best Care has been my lifeline from the past few years. My mother moved with us after we lost my father around four years ago in a car accident. But as my husband and I both work, we weren’t able to manage my mom’s declining health. This is when we decided to hire Always Best Care. Their caregivers are knowledgeable, honest, compassionate, and always ready to go the extra mile to meet your needs. They have been a great help to us in all these years. I would highly recommend them.”

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“Always Best Care has been my lifeline from the past few years. My mother moved with us after we lost my father around four years ago in a car accident. But as my husband and I both work, we weren’t able to manage my mom’s declining health. This is when we decided to hire Always Best Care. Their caregivers are knowledgeable, honest, compassionate, and always ready to go the extra mile to meet your needs. They have been a great help to us in all these years. I would highly recommend them.”

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“I am so grateful for the excellent care provided to my dad by three different caregivers! They each stepped into a different challenging and fluid situation and they each beautifully managed things with grace and skill. I always knew my dad was in good hands and that he would get everything he needed.. Furthermore, I appreciated the gracious flexibility and understanding I experienced when coordinating times, days and duties over the phone with the administrative staff. Each time I got off the phone, I felt like ABC had completely taken the stressful load off my shoulders and that my dad was going to be cared for in a loving,, competent fashion. ABC deserves the highest ranking and review I can give. Thanks for being there for me and my dad!!”

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“Personalized service and care. In-home care was excellent; professional and personal. Assisted living placement was also excellent. The owner, Andrew, had compassion while coaching us and giving us confidence in the difficult process of moving our mother out of her home and into an assisted living. We could not be more pleased with their services. - Marshall L Wilkins”

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“We have been very pleased with the assistance from all of you, during some very difficult times. Thanks to all of you! - Lester & Anne S.”

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“I am so grateful for the excellent care provided by three different caregivers! They each stepped into a different challenging and fluid situation and they each beautifully managed things with grace and skill. I always knew my dad was in good hands and that he would get everything he needed.. Furthermore, I appreciated the gracious flexibility and understanding I experienced when coordinating times, days and duties over the phone with the administrative staff. Each time I got off the phone, I felt like ABC had completely taken the stressful load off my shoulders and that my dad was going to be cared for in a loving,, competent fashion. ABC deserves the highest ranking and review I can give. Thanks for being there for me and my dad!!”

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“I have worked with ABC for 5+ years and love this company. I also have had the privilege of my family providing work for others through this company. The owners and staff are great to be around and I wouldn't trade them for the world.”

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“Personalized service and care. In-home care was excellent; professional and personal. Assisted living placement was also excellent. The owner, Andrew, had compassion while coaching us and giving us confidence in the difficult process of moving our mother out of her home and into an assisted living. We could not be more pleased with their services.”

Marshall L.
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“Care with dignity and compassion. Able to staff within hours. Knowledgeable and CNA trained.”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Knoxville, TN work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

Comfort
Comfort

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Knoxville, TN, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

Independence
Independence

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Knoxville, TN gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

Empowers Seniors

Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.


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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Knoxville,TN understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one

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An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home

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Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Tennessee vs. Florida live score, updates, highlights: SEC football Week 3 in The Swamp

Tennessee football will try to snap a 20-year drought at The Swamp.The No. 9 Vols (2-0) face Florida (1-1) at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN. Last season, they beat the Gators in Knoxville, but it has been a different story here.REQUIRED READING:...

Tennessee football will try to snap a 20-year drought at The Swamp.

The No. 9 Vols (2-0) face Florida (1-1) at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN. Last season, they beat the Gators in Knoxville, but it has been a different story here.

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UT's last win in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was in 2003. This may be its best opportunity to end that skid. It marks the first time since 1971 that in their game, the Vols will be ranked and Florida will not.

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Tennessee vs. Florida live updates, highlights

This section will be updated near kickoff, scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. All times Eastern.

What channel is Tennessee vs. Florida on today?

Tennessee vs. Florida will air on ESPN, which is available again on Spectrum now that the highly publicized cable dispute has been resolved.

Chris Fowler (play-by-play) and Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) will call the game and Holly Rowe will be as the sideline reporter.

Streaming options for the game include Watch ESPN and Fubo, which offers a free trial to potential subscribers.

What time does Tennessee vs. Florida start?

The Vols and Gators will kick off at 7 p.m. ET in the first SEC conference game of the season for both teams.

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What channel is Tennessee vs. Florida on today? Time, TV schedule for Vols' Week 3 game

Tennessee football returns to its house of horrors on Saturday for the game against Florida at The Swamp.The Vols' ...

Tennessee football returns to its house of horrors on Saturday for the game against Florida at The Swamp.

The Vols' 30-13 win vs. Austin Peay last week was underwhelming enough for the team to hold a players-only meeting. Still, Tennessee is 2-0 and is in OK position heading into SEC play.

Florida lost at Utah to open the season, then dominated McNeese State last weekend. Second-year coach Billy Napier is looking to avoid a 0-2 record against the Vols after two tries. The Gators have won the last nine meetings against Tennessee in The Swamp.

Here's everything you need to know about Tennessee's SEC opener vs. Florida, including time, TV and streaming info and more:

What channel is Tennessee vs. Florida on today?

Tennessee vs. Florida will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call the game from the booth at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, with Holly Rowe reporting from the sidelines. Streaming options for the game include the ESPN app and FUBO, which offers a free trial to potential subscribers.

Tennessee vs. Florida start time

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The Tennessee-Florida game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. ET from The Swamp.

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These are the Knoxville organizations that made Forbes' list of best employers in Tennessee

If you're not particularly happy at your place of employment, you're not alone. According to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center, only about half of U.S. workers say they are extremely or very satisfied with their job. One great place to start a new job search? Forbes’ annual list of America’s best employers by state, tagged as "a deeper look at which companies are...

If you're not particularly happy at your place of employment, you're not alone. According to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center, only about half of U.S. workers say they are extremely or very satisfied with their job. One great place to start a new job search? Forbes’ annual list of America’s best employers by state, tagged as "a deeper look at which companies are closer-to-home options for every American worker."

There's good news for those who don't want to relocate: The University of Tennessee, the UT Medical Center and Tennessee Valley Authority, all based in Knoxville, are ranked in the top 10 Tennessee employers. Only one other employer actually based in Tennessee, Chattanooga-based BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, made the top 10 on Forbes' ranking.

How did Forbes makes its selections?

Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to survey 70,000 workers at companies with at least 500 employees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Participants were asked if they would recommend their employer to others, and to evaluate their employer based on working conditions, diversity, compensation packages, potential for development, company image and more.

Participants also were asked to assess employers beyond their own: They could evaluate employers in their particular state; nationally, participants were able to rate employers anywhere within their respective industries. All surveys were anonymous to encourage candor.

Top Workplaces 2023:See the Knoxville-area companies on the list and who took first place

How many other Knoxville-based organizations made the list?

A total of 1,392 organizations made at least one state list, with 269 (think Apple and JPMorgan Chase) ranking in multiple states. The healthcare and social services sector was the most represented nationally, with educational institutions coming in a close second.

Of the 76 organizations that made the list from Tennessee, seven are headquartered in Knoxville. The University of Tennessee Knoxville, with 14,000 employees, and the UT Medical Center were ranked ninth and seventh, respectively, while TVA was ranked eighth with 10,000 employees.

East Tennessee Children's Hospital was ranked 20th, while the city of Knoxville ranked 53rd and Knox County Schools came in at No. 69. Covenant Health Tennessee rounded out the Knoxville-based organization at No. 73. Maryville-based Clayton Homes was ranked 14th.

Forbes' best places to work in Tennessee

Liz Kellar is a Tennessee Connect reporter. Email [email protected]. Support strong local journalism by subscribing at knoxnews.com/subscribe.

Oliver Anthony Reschedules Knoxville Gig After Cancelling Due to High Prices

Rising folk singer-songwriter Oliver Anthony made headlines last week after he chose to cancel a gig in Tennessee due to high ticket prices. Now, the show has been rescheduled to a new venue.Anthony, who has quickly risen to fame with his controversial single “Rich Men North of Richmond,” was slated to perform at the Cotton Eyed Joe in Knoxville on September 27. However, after lear...

Rising folk singer-songwriter Oliver Anthony made headlines last week after he chose to cancel a gig in Tennessee due to high ticket prices. Now, the show has been rescheduled to a new venue.

Anthony, who has quickly risen to fame with his controversial single “Rich Men North of Richmond,” was slated to perform at the Cotton Eyed Joe in Knoxville on September 27. However, after learning about the expensive ticket prices — which included $90 regular admission and $200 for meet-and-greet — he cancelled the show.

“That’s not acceptable,” he wrote on Instagram. “My shows should never cost more than $40, ideally no more than $25. Hell, out of the 4 shows we have currently done, 2 of them have been completely free.”

He noted that it was his fault for not being more “directly involved with the venues,” writing that a “miscommunication took place.”

The show is now scheduled to take place at the Knoxville Convention Center on Friday, September 29, presented by 96.7 Merle. Already, the gig is sold out.

The Cotton Eyed Joe responded to the cancellation in a now-deleted post and explained that the show negotiations were between the venue and Anthony’s manager Brian Prentice. According to the venue, Prentice verbally stated that Anthony requested $120,000 in compensation, plus two nights hotel accommodations. Additionally, he said he would offer meet-and-greets ahead of the show.

The venue said it suggested $99 per ticket for the concert and a concert/meet-and-greet combo ticket for $199. Prentice agreed to the prices, asked the venue to write-up a formal contract, and said the venue could announce the show, the Cotton Eyed Joe said.

During the ticket sale on September 11, the venue called the response “tremendous,” noting that the ticketing system was temporarily shut down as 460 concert tickets and 43 meet-and-greet tickets were sold. However, the venue said that “what happened next was very much to the surprise of Cotton Eyed Joe” when Anthony took his concerns to social media.

“Anthony’s statements were beyond misleading and did not at all appropriately represent the conversations that had occurred throughout the process to create a formal agreement,” the Cotton Eyed Joe said. “It wasn’t until after the media frenzy ensued that Cotton Eyed Joe received a phone call from Prentice expressing concern for the prices that had been previously agreed to, verbally.”

During the same day as the social media frenzy, the Cotton Eyed Joe said Prentice notified the venue of Anthony’s wishes to call-off the show.

“Had Anthony and Prentice first reached out to us for a professional conversation about their concerns with the contract, Cotton Eyed Joe feels confident an agreement could have been reached in a respectful manner. Instead, what has happened has portrayed Cotton Eyed Joe in a disparaging manner plagued with misinformation.”

The Cotton Eyed Joe said they hope their statement helps “appropriately outline the facts” and wished Anthony “nothing but the best in his professional endeavors.”

Anthony responded back to the venue’s claims, writing that “the most I’ve ever made on a show is $35,000.” He said he personally talked to the venue about not charging for meet-and-greets, which is why he was upset with the $200 price tag, noting, “I felt like they suckered us into playing there just so they could make extra money off of y’all.”

“That being said, I wish them the best,” Anthony said. “All the fault ultimately is with me. I should have been more thoroughly involved in the booking, and I should probably consider using a professional consultant in this area. There’s no reason why tickets should have went up for sale before a contract was signed.”

Following the Knoxville show, Anthony is slated to take the stage next in Marion, North Carolina. He said that the gig is a very special place, as the venue used to be a paper mill where he worked third shift.

Last Updated on September 18, 2023

WATE back for DIRECTV customers in Knoxville as traditional TV viewership declines

Nexstar Media Group, the owner of Knoxville ABC affiliate WATE, has come to an agreement that will return the channel and other Nexstar stations to DIRECTV and U-Verse customers across the country.On Sept. 18, the companies announced a "comprehensive new multi-year distribution agreement" that covers 176 local TV stations owned by ...

Nexstar Media Group, the owner of Knoxville ABC affiliate WATE, has come to an agreement that will return the channel and other Nexstar stations to DIRECTV and U-Verse customers across the country.

On Sept. 18, the companies announced a "comprehensive new multi-year distribution agreement" that covers 176 local TV stations owned by Nexstar, according to a news release, as well as its NewsNation cable network.

This followed the Sept. 17 announcement of a temporary return after more than 75 days of Nexstar lockouts on DIRECTV.

Not only have DIRECTV customers in Knoxville been without WATE's local news, but they were unable to watch Tennessee football's opening game against Virginia on ABC.

Spectrum users experienced a similar challenge due to a lockout with ESPN owner The Walt Disney Company, which left customers unable to watch the Vols' home opener on SEC Network+. This lockout was resolved in time for Tennessee's game against Florida, which was broadcast Sept. 16 on ESPN.

These types of lockouts typically are caused by disputes between the channel and cable providers regarding costs for service. They have become more popular as traditional linear TV viewership continues to decline.

For the first time, linear TV dropped below 50% of all viewership in July, according to Nielsen. At 38.7%, streaming saw record-high views that same month.

Ryan Wilusz is a downtown growth and development reporter. Phone 865-317-5138. Email [email protected]. Instagram @knoxscruff.

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